Ravenna-Bryant Community Association

Serving the Ravenna and Bryant neighborhoods in Seattle, WA

Ravenna-Bryant Community Association - Serving the Ravenna and Bryant neighborhoods in Seattle, WA

Preventing auto prowls & theft

Car prowls and thefts are a problem city-wide, including in the Ravenna-Byant area.  The following chart, from the Seattle Police Department’s online crime map, shows that auto thefts were up at the end of 2013 compared to previous years.

What can be done to prevent auto crimes?

From the Seattle Police Department’s webpage about car prowls:

You are more likely to be a victim of a vehicle crime than any other crime reported to the Seattle Police Department. An experienced Car Prowler or Thief can gain access to your car in virtually seconds. In less than 30 seconds, someone could break into a parked car. Most car prowls themselves take less than two minutes.

The following are recommendations that can reduce your risk of being a victim of a car prowl or theft.

    • When you exit or enter your parked vehicle, stop and take a look around the area.
    • Before leaving your parked car, always remove the keys, roll up the windows and lock the car.
    • Make a habit of locking your garage door and car doors.
    • If possible, store your car in a closed and locked garage.
    • If your car is stored in a carport or parked near your house, leave your exterior lights on throughout the night.
    • If you park on the street, choose a well-lit, open space even if it means adding additional street/yard lighting & trimming back trees/bushes that block your view of your vehicle.

SPD provides the following information about auto theft:

  • More than two thirds of all auto thefts occur at night.
  • Approximately 86% of the stolen vehicles are recovered
  • While some vehicles are definitely stolen to be sold, or dismantled for parts, the large majority are simply used as temporary transportation by common criminals. Thus, most vehicles are recovered within a few weeks to a month and with relatively little damage.
  • Auto theft happens fast.  An expert auto thief can break into and steal a car in less than a minute.  An unoccupied car, with it’s engine running, can be taken in seconds.

Here are some tips for preventing auto theft:

  • Don’t leave your keys in your car.
  • Close your windows and lock your doors whenever you leave your car, regardless of how long you plan to be gone.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Keep your car in a garage if you have one.
  • Park in lots that have attendants.
  • Use an anti-theft device whenever you leave your car .

 

Tracking neighborhood crime

The Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood is part of the Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct.  The precinct is broken up into sectors and a portion of the west part of our neighborhood is in the Union Sector and the east part is in the Lincoln Sector.  Within the sectors are police beats and Union Sector beats 1 and 2 (U1, U2) include parts of Ravenna-Bryant, though most of those beats cover other neighborhoods.  Lincoln Sector beat 3(L3) covers the largest swath of Ravenna-Bryant.

Crime Information on Twitter

This is important information for those who want want to receive information on Twitter about crime.  With Seattle Police Department’s Tweets by Beat, you can follow or view a Twitter feed of police dispatches in each of Seattle’s police beats, and find out about the flashing lights and sirens on your block.  In order to protect crime victims, officers, and the integrity of investigations, calls will display one hour after a dispatcher sends the call to an officer. The feeds also do not include information about domestic violence calls, sexual assaults, and other certain types of crimes.

Crime Information Maps

SPD’s online crime map shows 911 incident reports and police reports.  It also includes trend data about select crimes.  For instance, auto theft is a concern among Ravenna-Bryant residents.  Below is a chart showing auto theft trends since 2008 in L3.  As you can see, there was a spike in car thefts last June.

Get Your Car Back Tweets

The SPD 911 section tweets stolen vehicles as they occur. You do not need a Twitter account to view this information. If you spot a stolen car, do not make direct contact with potential occupants – call 911.

 

Sisley News from City Attorney’s Office

Last year, the City Attorney announced that his office was taking vigorous steps to enforce the fines and penalties that had been piling up on Sisley’s properties (at the intersection of 65th and 15th, among other locations). In May, 2014 City Attorney Pete Holmes spoke at an RBCA community meeting to discuss the actions his office was taking.  Since then, RBCA has continued to monitor progress.  This matter seems to be moving through the legal system at the usual rate of speed for such cases.  We are hopeful of hearing of a resolution soon and that it will lead to creating a better environment for that area.  Until that legal case is settled, development of some of these properties has been postponed.  The following is RBCA’s report on the issue based on a statement from the City Attorney’s office today:

In response to the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association’s (RBCA) inquiries about the status of enforcement actions on the Sisley properties in the vicinity of NE 65th Street and 15th Avenue NE, the Seattle City Attorney’s Office informed RBCA that the City is still aggressively pursuing the matter. With regards to three prior violations that gave rise to substantial civil penalties and judgments, the State Supreme Court previously denied the Sisleys’ request for judicial review leaving intact the Court of Appeals’ decision that the Sisleys are fully liable for the previously-imposed civil penalties and judgments. The City Attorney’s Office states that it will collect all penalties owing from the Sisleys and hold them to full compliance with the law.  Despite various defense maneuvers that have prolonged the case, the City Attorney expects to resolve in the near future the collection of civil penalties that arose from the existing judgments.
Stay tuned for more updates on this matter.